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Anxieties and Panic

Anxiety: A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

Panic: Sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, an overwhelming terror.

More of my clients come to see me for anxiety-related conditions than for any other issue.

Some have fears and phobias resulting in anxiety, others get anxious in certain situations where they'd like to have more confidence. Anxieties affect people in different ways and for different reasons.

Some people get anxious at the thought of doing a presentation, others when meeting people or going to social events. Some dislike driving on motorways, being in enclosed spaces or experiencing certain situations in the workplace. All are forms of anxiety and affect an individual differently.

Characteristically, when a person becomes anxious, their body goes into the 'fight or flight' mode. The heart rate and perspiration increase, adrenaline is produced and the body prepares itself to either run from danger or stay and fight. Other symptoms may include increased perspiration, legs and hands shake, tightness in the chest, dizziness or bouts of diarrhoea.

As we go through life, it is not always possible, desirable or feasible to avoid those situations that cause us anxiety, so in order to remove these symptoms, we need to change our response to the situation. We need to break the connection between the thought and the response or behaviour that is currently produced. This is done by retraining the unconscious mind to respond in a different way to the current trigger.

Let's take for example someone who gets anxious about presenting or public speaking. For someone who suffers from this anxiety, they need only be asked to do a presentation at some point in the future, and the word 'presentation' and its associations may get them trembling and anxious.

Others may be fine at this initial stage until the day of the presentation itself and then they find the hours beforehand they're unable to eat and take regular trips to the toilet.

Yet another person may get to the point where they're in the room about to present, no problems at all, but when they stand up and open their mouth, their voice wobbles or they completely dry up, unable to speak at all and they break out in a sweat. Each person, a different response and a different trigger; which is why the therapy needs to be tailor-made.

Panic attacks are periods of intense anxiety which often onset rapidly and sometimes without warning. They can peak within a few minutes but can last for much longer if the individual is unable to get away from the trigger.

When suffering from a panic attack, the individual may do anything possible to escape from the situation. They might feel like they are dying or feel faint or nauseous. The main symptoms tend to be shortness of breath and a pain in the chest. It is an incredibly frightening and uncomfortable experience and can take quite some time to recover from.

Following on from a panic attack, sufferers can become anxious about the possibility of one occurring again. It can cause embarrassment and they may be concerned about losing control of themselves in front of others. Some are more concerned about the physical sensations and how they manifest. Either way, they can become fearful of a fear or anxiety. This can also be successfully treated using hypnotherapy and other techniques combined.

Whether you're suffering from anxiety or panic, we'll identify your specific trigger and patterns of anxiety and then spend some time using NLP techniques combined with hypnotherapy and psychotherapy to retrain your unconscious, adapt your thinking and change the way you experience the situation. If you are of a more generally anxious disposition, Reiki can be very helpful in calming and relaxing the mind and body.

If you experience quite a few strong physical sensations, for example a tightening in the chest or butterflies in your stomach, we can use EMDR which I have found to be incredibly beneficial and effective.

Ultimately, you utilise the resources you already have within you to allow you to deal with those situations positively and confidently in the future.